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1. Kritik der sprachlichen Unvernunft. Joachim Heinrich Campe und die Preisfrage der Berliner Akademie zur Reinheit der deutschen Sprache
"In summer 1792, the Berlin Royal Academy of Sciences and Humanities posed a prize question concerning the purification of the German language. The prize was won by the educationalist Joachim Heinrich Campe. In my paper, the history of the prize question inside and outside the 'Deutsche Deputation' (German delegation) is reconstructed. It thereby becomes clear how, above all, the proximity of the position of the Academy member Gedike and that of the prize winner Campe concerning linguistic policy and theory, and the convergence of focus on the lexicon and on loan and foreign words, led to the ultimate formulation of the prize question. The political dimension of the decision in favour of Campe, as an honorary citizen of the French Revolution, becomes recognizable if the thesis presented in my paper is correct, i.e. at least some of the people involved knew to whom they were awarding the prize - and Campe, in a sophisticated game of hide-and-seek, also allowed himself to be recognized a [Information des Anbieters]   [mehr...]
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